Business+Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Round Two of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 8 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their presentations. The Seigle Impact Track had a panel of three judges from the impact investing and foundation communities. The finalists are Dear Black Women, NeoHealth, Practical Prosthetics, and SubQ Assist. They will compete in the MBC-SIT Finals on March 15th at Ross.
On Fri, Feb. 8, Business+Impact and U-M’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems gathered U-M scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to ponder big questions about how society should best choose the institutions/methodologies to make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organizations’ ability to flourish. These institutions and mechanisms guide, manage, allocate, and harness society’s intellectual, financial, social, and ecological resources to decide on laws, policies, and leaders.
Apply by Wed, Feb. 27
Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator to advance its work with students and partners to deliver on its mission and create impact. The Program Coordinator will plan, execute, and improve on our new Impact Studio space, programming, and course. Additionally, the coordinator will help deliver programs and events like the Board Fellowship Program, Summer Internships, entrepreneurship competitions, and the Social Innovation Speaker Series. Finally, the Program Coordinator will aid in marketing & communications for B+I. Get information and apply by Wed, Feb. 27.
Apply by Mon, Mar. 25
Event: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1
Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds.
Ross Event Highlights:
For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com
Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class Info
Our Impact Studio class will be offered again in Fall 2019 (watch for a listing in the Ross course catalog this Spring). It will be a 6-credit course open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis, and will also tackle a second topic such as financial inclusion. More details to follow.
On Tues, Feb. 12, B+I hosted a panel discussion focused on the value of a younger perspective on nonprofit boards and the efforts in place to adapt to a major generational shift.
Watch the Video
Mon, Mar. 18, 5:30 – 7 pm
Join the Impact Studio at Ross for a discussion on leveraging design for impact with social innovator and MBA/MS ‘11 alum Cynthia Koenig. Cynthia is a Product Management Principal at Amazon, focused on designing impactful new digital products, and is the Founder of Wello, an award-winning social venture that designs disruptive and affordable innovations to provide better, more reliable access to safe water.
Apply by April 12
Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission.
Info and Application
Impact News & Notes
At the University:
U-M DETROIT CENTER
Thurs, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 pm
U-M Detroit Center
In recent years, student protests have sprung up related to the racial climate on college campuses. While students are trying to get their voices heard, faculty are still being hindered as their professional reputation hangs on the line. Join us as we discuss the challenges and opportunities of Black Academics.
CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENGAGED DESIGN
Application Deadline: Fri, Mar. 8
As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns engage clients directly and work together through a design process to create strategies that transform research into desirable, viable, and feasible innovations. For the summer of 2019, the studio is hiring several interns for the following roles: Design Research Intern, Experience Design Intern, and Business Design Intern.
RACKHAM INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS
Fri, Mar. 15 @
This symposium will share papers on student loans, micro-credit, and adjustment policies. Submissions will represent political and policy interventions into debtor urbanization establishing post-debt or non-debt futures and systems. Two keynote lectures by established scholars will relate debt to urban and institutional power.
OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Application due: Fri, Mar. 15
To encourage campus-wide efforts that promote, enhance and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, the Office Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has established a dedicated DE&I Innovation Fund to support projects that advance an innovative approach to DEI at U-M. The recommended average size of grants should range between $2,000 and $5,000. U-M Students, staff and faculty are eligible to apply
Tues, Mar. 19 @ 6:30 – 8 pm
This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. This workshop is open to all students, including ones in classes of less than eight students or student organizations.
App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24
For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!
App deadline: Mon, Apr. 1
Ginsberg Center seeks to engage faculty interested in advancing their scholarship while enhancing the capacity of social sector community partners and communities through substantial, reciprocal engagement in Washtenaw County, Detroit, and other Southeast Michigan communities. The Center expects to award up to $150,000 this year through these Community Engagement Grants.
In the Impact Community:
Application deadline: Tues, Mar. 12
Designed for women entrepreneurs the Tory Burch Foundation provides fellowships that support women so they may connect, learn, and grow their businesses. Recipients receive a $5,000 grant, a year-long fellowship and trip to the Tory Burch Offices.
Mar. 8-17, 2019
From nonprofits and foundations to activists and entertainers, these South by Southwest sessions allow those working toward social and global good to identify and share impactful ideas and knowledge. Featuring hundreds of sessions and keynote speaker David Byrne, this year’s track provides ten days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across all disciplines.
Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31
“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize.